03-08 Happy birthday to the late Alan Hale, Jr, Born: March 8, 1921 and passed away on January 2, 1990.
Alan Hale, Jr. was an American film, stage, character and television actor and a restaurant owner, who was the son of character actor Alan Hale, Sr., whose career spans four decades of television. He also appeared on several talk and variety shows.
Appearing in over 200 films and television roles, Hale’s long acting career began in films in 1941, appearing primarily in Westerns, playing opposite Kirk Douglas in The Big Trees (1952), Audie Murphy in Destry (1954), Ray Milland in A Man Alone (1955), Robert Wagner in The True Story of Jesse James (1957) and Hugh Marlowe in The Long Rope (1961). He has also appeared in musical comedies, playing opposite Don DeFore in It Happened on Fifth Avenue (1947), James Cagney in The West Point Story (1950) and Judy Canova in Honeychile (1951). He achieved continuing success in the CBS television sitcom Gilligan’s Island (1964–1967), playing the secondary lead role of The Skipper. After its cancellation, the series would remain a popular staple in syndication. Hale reprised the role of The Skipper in three Gilligan’s Island television films and two spin-off cartoon series.